Tag Archive: Coaching Staff


[3/16/2018] Hitoki Iwase, Masahiro Araki lose coaching titles

The Chunichi Dragons announced on March 16 that pitcher/pitching coach Hitoki Iwase and infielder/infield coach Masahiro Araki will no longer be coaches. The team made the decision because the Central League agreement only allows up to eight coaches in the dugout. Iwase and Araki will maintain their duties as coaches.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/16/2018, Sponichi 3/16/2018


[10/1/2017] Alex Ramirez to continue managing in 2018

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Alex Ramirez will continue to manage the team through the 2018 season. Ramirez was in the final year of a two-year contract. The Bay Stars wanted to avoid official statements about his status until after they solidified their position in the standings. The team clinched third place today.

Shigeru Takada will also keep his title as General Manager in 2018.

Source: Yokohama 10/1/2017Daily Sports 10/1/2017


[9/11/2017] Samurai Japan Top Team Coaching Staff

Coaching staff for the Samurai Japan Top Team

  • Head Coach – Makoto Kaneko (Nippon Ham Batting Coach)
  • Pitching Coach – Yoshinori Tateyama
  • Infield/Base Coach – Hirokazu Ibata (Yomiuri Infield/Base Coach)
  • Outfield/Base Coach – Masaji Shimizu
  • Battery Coach – Yoshinori Murata (Yomiuri Battery Coach)
  • Batting Coach – TBA

Source: Samurai Japan 9/11/2017


[9/4/2017] Chunichi Dragons: more coaching staff changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced a couple more changes to the coaching staff today. Pitching Coach Yui Tomori was re-assigned to international scout. He had been juggling both the coaching and scouting job since 2014. Ni-gun Coach Kenta Asakura will take over as Ichi-gun pitching coach.

Shigekazu Mori told reporters the changes were decided on from the start and that now was the only time the changes could be made. He also said there would have been no need for the change, if he was not going to be around for much longer.

Source: Daily Sports 9/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2017Sponichi 9/4/2017

[UPDATE 9/5 @ 1:24pm]

When Mori said that now was the only time the changes could be made, he was talking about the roster expansions in the Majors and how this was a crucial time to check on players in the United States.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2017, Sports Hochi 9/5/2017

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[9/1/2017] Chunichi Dragons: Coaching Staff Changes

The Chunichi Dragons made the following coaching staff changes today:

  • Shinichi Kondo – Ichi-gun Dugout Pitching Coach > Ichi-gun Bullpen Pitching Coach
  • Yui Tomori – Ichi-gun Bullpen Pitching Coach > Ichi-gun Dugout Pitching Coach
  • Kenta Asakura – primarily a Ni-gun pitching coach, he will remain with the Ichi-gun team until the end of the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2017, Daily Sports 9/1/2017


[7/13/2017] Yomiuri Giants: Coaching Staff Changes

The Yomiuri Giants announced the following coaching staff changes today:

  • Masaki Saito: Ni-gun manager to Ichi-gun pitching coach
  • Junzo Uchida: Roving hitting coach to Ni-gun manager
  • Takao Obana: Ichi-gun pitching coach to Ichi-gun bullpen pitching coach
  • Kazuya Tabata: Ichi-gun bullpen pitching coach to advance scout

The changes will take effect on July 15.

Source: Yomiuri 7/13/2017


[7/11/2017] Orix Buffaloes make two coaching changes

The Orix Buffaloes announced two coaching changes today.

  • Ni-gun pitching coach Hiroshi Kobayashi was reassigned to Ichi-gun pitching coach.
  • Ichi-gun pitching coach Nobuyuki Hoshino was reassigned to Ni-gun pitching coach.

Source: Orix 7/11/2017

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2017 Chiba Lotte Marines Coaching Staff


Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 伊東 勤 Ito, Tsutomu 54 83
Pitching Coach 落合 英二 Ochiai, Eiji 47 88
Pitching Coach 小林 雅英 Kobayashi, Masahide 42 79
Battery Coach 田口 昌徳 Taguchi, Masanori 46 86
Position Player/Batting Coach 山下 徳人 Yamashita, Norihito 51 71
Batting Coach 堀 幸一 Hori, Koichi 47 75
Infield/Base Coach 松山 秀明 Matsuyama, Hideaki 49 72
Outfield/Base Coach 清水 雅治 Shimizu, Masaji 52 87
Strategy Coach 石貫 宏臣 Ishinuki, Hiroomi 47 85
Training Coach 楠 貴彦 Kusunoki, Takahiko 39 95


Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 福澤 洋一 Fukuzawa, Yoichi 49 73
Pitching Coach 川越 英隆 Kawagoe, Hidetaka 43 89
Pitching Coach 小野 晋吾 Ono, Shingo 41 82
Battery Coach 鶴岡 一成 Tsuruoka, Kazunari 39 77
Batting Coach 大村 巌 Omura, Iwao 47 76
Infield/Base Coach 佐藤 兼伊知 Sato, Kenichi 57 81
Outfield/Base Coach 大塚 明 Otsuka, Akira 41 80
Training Coach 根本 淳平 Nemoto, Junpei 43 98

Source: Lotte 12/7


2017 Chunichi Dragons Coaching Staff


Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 森 繁和 Mori, Shigekazu 62 80
Batting Coach 土井 正博 Doi, Masahiro 72 90
Batting Coach 波留 敏夫 Haru, Toshio 46 71
Pitching Coach 友利 結 Tomori, Yui 46 81
Pitching Coach 近藤 真市 Kondo, Shinichi 48 76
Battery Coach 田村 藤夫 Tamura, Fujio 57 72
Infield/Base Coach 森脇 浩司 Moriwaki, Hiroshi 56 85
Infield/Base Coach 奈良原 浩 Narahara, Hiroshi 48 83
Outfield/Base Coach 長嶋 清幸 Nagashima, Kiyoyuki 55 78
Conditioning Coach 勝崎 耕世 Katsuzaki, Kose 51 92
Conditioning Coach 宮前 岳巳 Miyamae, Takemi 48 93


Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 小笠原 道大 Ogasawara, Michihiro 43 82
Batting Coach 加藤 秀司 Kato, Hideji 68 75
Batting Coach 高柳 秀樹 Takayanagi, Hideki 59 88
Batting Coach 嶋村 一輝 Shimamura, Ikki 35 79
Pitching Coach 高山 郁夫

Takayama, Ikuo

54 87
Pitching Coach 小笠原 孝 Ogasawara, Takashi 40 86
Pitching Coach 朝倉 健太 Asakura, Kenta 35 97
Position Player Coach 早川 和夫 Hayakawa, Kazuo 56 84
Battery Coach 小川 将俊 Ogawa, Masatoshi 37 73
Infield/Base Coach 渡辺 博幸 Watanabe, Hiroyuki 46 77
Outfield/Base Coach 英智

Kuramoto, Hidenori

40 89
Coach on assignment* 大塚 晶文 Otsuka, Akinori 44 74
Ikusei Coach 松岡 功祐 Matsuoka, Kosuke 73 96
Ikusei Coach 小山 良男 Koyama, Yoshio 36 98
Conditioning Coach 塚本 洋

Tsukamoto, Hiroshi

41 95

* Otsuka will be spend some time as a visiting instructor with the San Diego Padres Triple-A team.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2016


2017 Hiroshima Carp Coaching Staff


Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 緒方 孝市 Ogata, Koichi 47 79
Head Coach 高 信二 Ko, Shinji 49 71
Outfield/Base Coach 河田 雄祐 Kawada, Yusuke 48 74
Infield/Base Coach 玉木 朋孝 Tamaki, Tomotaka 41 90
Batting Coach 石井 琢朗 Ishii, Takuro 46 75
Batting Coach 東出 輝裕 Higashide, Akihiro 36 72
Batting Coach 迎 祐一郎 Mukae, Yuichiro 34 91
Pitching Coach 畝 龍実 Une, Tatsumi 52 78
Pitching Coach 小林 幹英 Kobayashi, Kanei 42 73
Battery Coach 植田 幸弘 Ueda, Yukihiro 52 84


Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 水本 勝己 Mizumoto, Katsumi 48 89
Outfield/Base Coach 永田 利則 Nagata, Toshinori 55 85
Infield/Base Coach 山田 和利 Yamada, Kazutoshi 51 80
Batting Coach 朝山 東洋 Asayama, Toyo 40 83
Batting Coach 森笠 繁 Morikasa, Shigeru 40 92
Pitching Coach 佐々岡 真司 Sasaoka, Shinji 49 88
Pitching Coach 澤崎 俊和 Sawazaki, Toshikazu 42 87
Battery Coach 倉 義和 Kura, Yoshikazu 41 76


Position Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Supervisor Coach 浅井 樹 Asai, Itsuki 44 82
Pitching Coach 菊地原 毅 Kikuchihara, Tsuyoshi 41 86
Pitching Coach (Strengthening) 青木 勇人 Aoki, Hayato 39 93

Source: Hiroshima 11/24

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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